Visual Studio

Welcome to the Visual Studio UserVoice site. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Visual Studio suite of products. This site is for suggestions and ideas. If you need to file a bug, visit the Visual Studio Connect site: http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio.

ASP.NET Runtime/Web Tooling suggestions have moved! All your ideas, including your votes, have been transferred and are searchable in the ASP.Net Uservoice forum. Please submit any new ASP.NET Runtime/Web Tooling suggestions, or vote on existing suggestions by going to http://aspnet.uservoice.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks – Deon Herbert
Visual Studio Team

I suggest you ...

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can vote and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can vote on it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  1. Use Nuget to install most of the components

    Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

    This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

    547 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make System.Data available to Metro style apps

      Although, it seems clear that some of the decisions with the "Metro" apps are built so that apps will be able to go between devices, I would like to see the System.Data namespace supported in them. An example, you want to connect to a "local" SQL Express database without having to run a middle tier web-site or application that can talk to the database. Why shouldn't a Metro app run on a desktop be able to connect in the same way that a WinForms app can? The framework was supposed to abstract us from hardware and other changes yet as…

      541 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
        19 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • INotifyPropertyChanged

        Provide a way for INotifyPropertyChanged to be implemented for you automatically on class.

        Provide a way for INPC to be done on auto properties (that you mark in some way)....so that you don't have to unroll the auto property into a field, and raise yourself.

        526 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          16 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Use proper mouse wheel routing

          In the year 2011, maybe it's finally time to handle WM_MOUSEWHEEL by the window under the cursor, rather than using the backward way of handling them in the window with focus?

          524 votes
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 507 votes
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)

              We added support for Cross Browser testing with VS 2012 Update 1. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/10/30/introducing-cross-browser-testing-with-coded-ui-tests.aspx

              For MTM scenarios, you would need to import action recordings from MTM into a Coded UI Test and change browser type to the desired one.

              I would like to know if this satisfies the needs of folks on this thread and I can close this to release votes or if people are specifically looking for the ability to specify browser type from within MTM.

              Prachi Bora, Visual Studio Program Manager, MSFT

            • TFS code review should not require a new code review to be started when code that is already under review is changed based on review comment

              It seems that TFS requires a new code review to be started whenever code that is already under review is updated in response to review comments. It is not only unnecessary busy work for a developer to initiate a new review each time a review comment would suggest a change to the code that is already under review is necessary, but it also prevents having a single picture of changes made as a result of the review process.

              With the current method, a single logical code review may span multiple physical code reviews and the comments for the single logical…

              499 votes
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Feature Request: Local Fields within Properties

                A simple property in C#:
                int MyProperty
                {
                get
                {
                return _myProperty;
                }
                set
                {
                _myProperty = value;
                }
                }
                private int _myProperty = 42;

                Now, imagine the requirement appears that the code must be documented using the /// conventions.

                /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
                int MyProperty
                {
                get
                {
                return _myProperty;
                }
                set
                {
                _myProperty = value;
                }
                }
                /// <summary>I don't want to document this but I'll get a diagnostic if I don't.</summary>
                private int _myProperty = 42;

                It's too bad that
                /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
                int MyProperty
                {
                int _myProperty = 42;
                get
                {
                return _myProperty;
                }
                set …

                497 votes
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 490 votes
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    19 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Work item control that allows a selection of multiple values

                    Having a multi-select control that work in VS, Web access, that is easy to query and populates the reporting cube would helpfull in many scenarios.

                    The current work around (ex: http://witcustomcontrols.codeplex.com/) is far from empassing all the above requirements

                    485 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Basic Refactoring Functionality needed

                      Right now when I want to make a section of code a method or make some simple refactoring, its not in the box. Rename is there, but its local to the page and doesn't go deep enough. The top 5-10 refactoring types should come in the box.

                      Merged from another idea: Improve the refactoring tools like code generation, rename, etc.

                      481 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • New Work Item Control: Checkbox

                        Creating string fields with "Yes" and "No" (or "True" or "False", or "1" and "0") as allowed values, is a viable "workaround" for a Yes/No field - but still, a real checkbox control would make it even better.

                        btw: Checkboxes are a Windows control introduced from the very beginning (Windows 1 actually, I checked. ;)

                        477 votes
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

                          I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

                          During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
                          * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
                          * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
                          * Team Foundation Server Express
                          * SQL Server Express
                          * SQL Server Data Tools
                          * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
                          * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
                          * Entity Framework…

                          475 votes
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            14 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you very much for your feedback. We are aware of this issue and we are evaluating whether we are able to address it in a future release. In the meantime, have you tried our uninstall /force feature? You are able to use this feature even if you have already uninstalled Visual Studio:
                            http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2771441/EN-US#Force
                            I understand that this does not completely meet your needs but I am hopeful that it will help resolve some of the issues you described above.

                            Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

                            Kelly Berman
                            Visual Studio Program Manager

                          • Add date time picker control to Windows 8 Metro XAML

                            date time picker control is a must have control for many apps. It's missing in current Windows 8 Metro XMAL.

                            473 votes
                            Vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)
                              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                              28 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable HLSL, DirectX and graphics development toolset for the C# language.

                              Visual Studio only provides hlsl compilation tools for C++ projects, while C# projects which also use hlsl are left without this facility. This is a glaring inconsistency in the tools provided to each language. C# is meant to be a first-class language yet the DirectX tools which are built in to Visual Studio are not equally provided to C#, this is an unnecessary and arbitrary limitation.

                              Developing DirectX applications with C# is becoming easier and there are now more tools than ever to work with this combination of technologies, including SlimDX and SharpDX, both fully capable managed DirectX frameworks (wrappers).…

                              471 votes
                              Vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)
                                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide Better DirectX support in WPF

                                These DirectX support classes are new in WinRT / Metro. Please provide them in WPF.

                                SurfaceImageSource enables full composition of DirectX content into a XAML app. This allows drawing DirectX content into the XAML visual tree, useful for complex image effects, data visualization, and other immediate-mode drawing scenarios.

                                VirtualSurfaceImageSource is used for large-scale virtualized content. This is targeted toward apps that require panning and zooming of large content, like maps and document viewers.

                                SwapChainBackgroundPanel targets full-screen, DirectX-focused scenarios. This is great for games and other low-latency, full-screen DirectX apps with a XAML overlay.

                                470 votes
                                Vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                  8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

                                  Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

                                  The new project type could have the following features:

                                  - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
                                  - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
                                  - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
                                  - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
                                  - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
                                  - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
                                  - Intellisense is…

                                  460 votes
                                  Vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                    under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • ...develop an empowering Process Template editor!!

                                    The current editor's user experience is a barrier to process improvement through customization of of the template itself. The idea that an out of the box process template will satisfy all customer needs (or even one of the several shipped by MSFT) will be a limiting factor on meaningful and valuable implementations of the product.

                                    449 votes
                                    Vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                      under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • TFS to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets.

                                      It would be very useful if TFS has the ability to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets in a single operation.
                                      This would eliminate the need to create too many branches for each development project.

                                      445 votes
                                      Vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                        5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Store per-project source formatting settings with project properties

                                        I wish it were possible to define per-project editor settings that affect formatting and writing style: tab size, use tabs/spaces, autoindent and so on.

                                        Because, different solutions (or even projects in one solution) can have different coding styles or conventions.

                                        Having to poke in several tabs of environment settings every time as I switch projects is a major annoyance.

                                        Actually the formatting settings are not private user preferences; they are part of a project and should be stored in source sontrol, so that the next person that takes on the code automatically gets the proper settings.

                                        438 votes
                                        Vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                          23 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Bring back the MPI Cluster Debugger

                                          In Visual Studio 2010 there is an MPI Cluster Debugger that allows us to debug MPI applications.
                                          It seems that this feature has gone, so please bring it back to make it easier to develop MPI applications on Windows.

                                          437 votes
                                          Vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                            23 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base